Maharashtra Teachers Seek Clarity on Final Exams for Students Until Class 9

Maharashtra Teachers Seek Clarity on Final Exams for Students Until Class 9

The Maharashtra Government has remained firm on conducting offline board exams for students of classes X and XII. However, some teachers are looking for more information on whether students until class IX have to appear for the final examination as well. 

As per the Right To Education Act, schools are not permitted to disallow students until class VIII, this leaves out the students of class IX, making the decision all the more crucial. 

Meanwhile, State School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has said that the government may consider the promotion of all students.

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Anil Bornare, Executive Member of the BJP Teachers’ Cell said, “The government said it will conduct SSC and HSC exams but there is no clarity for other classes. Lakhs of students have not been able to avail synchronous digital education and they will also not be able to appear for exams online. Teachers are confused on how to plan final exams. We can promote students, but a process has to be followed across the state. Without instructions on how to complete this academic year, we can’t move to the next.”

Teachers have also complained of being overworked during the summer. One such teacher from a suburban aided school said, “Exams across boards are likely at April-end or start of May. We need to complete exams for other classes before board exams begin or it will impact the next academic year. We will be accessing board papers right through the vacation months and return for the next academic year in June. Teachers have not had a break in months since the pandemic began in March last year and will not get another break in the upcoming year too.”

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The situation around COVID-19 has left students and teachers without clear direction on what lies ahead. 

This is particularly the case now as Mumbai is experiencing a small spike in the number of cases. Many colleges have reversed their decision to conduct offline classes amidst the spike.  

In a similar situation, the Tamil Nadu government recently said that all class IX to Class XI will be promoted without examinations. 

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